Mor Gabriel Monastery
Mor Gabriel Monastery
4.5
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9:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Jack V
Los Angeles, CA1,443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
this is one the oldest surviving Syriac Orthodox religious structures in the world. it is beautiful and over 1400 years old and still being used today. they are currently renovating it. the monastery is surrounded by beautiful mulberry, olive and pistachio trees. FYI, most Syrians are part of the Syriac Orthodox Church.
Written 23 July 2022
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Marcellino1966
Düsseldorf, Germany160 contributions
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Oct 2022 • Couples
Very impressive to visit the oldest Syriac Orthodox monastery in the world (397 ) and still in use. The monastery gives insights in 1700 years of history. Also great view of the surrounding.
Written 5 October 2022
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Stephen099
York, UK63 contributions
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Jun 2015 • Solo
The Syriac Orthodox community has been in the Tur Abdin region around Midyat for 1700 years and more. Over the centuries these Christians have found themselves attacked and persecuted by Orthodox Christians as well as by Muslims who might be Arab, Turkish or Kurdish. Today their population in the area may be about three thousand, and the heart of the community is the Monastery of Mor Gabriel. It is a large complex with one spectacular church, and a simpler, older one, as well as an octagonal baptistery. The community is led by the Bishop who is head of the monastery as well as of the community in the Midyat area, assisted by three monks and a number of nuns and lay staff. An integral part of the monastery's work is teaching classical Syriac to students who live there and to visitors.
Christian visitors may be able to stay at the monastery's excellent guest wing, and share in worship which is steeped in history.
The community is a brave one, negotiating survival in the Kurdish-dominated region.
On arrival local men guide guests in Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic and English for free.
Unlike Deir Zafaran in Mardin this is not set up as a main tourist venue so facilities for refreshment are very limited.
Written 17 February 2016
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Irine K
Ukraine28 contributions
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Mar 2017 • Couples
It is definitely worth to see. You can get here by taxi, but also you can take a minibus from the otogar to Idil or Cizre (maybe Sirnak will be useful too) and ask the driver to stop on the turn to the Mor Gabriel. It is two kilometers from the road to the monastery.
It is empty now because everyone is afraid to come to this region. But there are no reasons to afraid. Everyone is friendly and nice.
Written 8 March 2017
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Erhan Yildirim
Türkiye2,383 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Family
the foundation of qartmin
the monastery at qartmin began to exist long before its official foundation-date AD 397.The founders were shmuyel (samuel) of eshtin and his disciple shemun (simeon) of qartmin.in the village of qartmin there is a church of the marty-bishop karpos shmuyels spirituel father.karpos was killed according to life of smuyel by a persian raiding-party on mount izlo the southern escarpment of tur abdin which rises from the plain of nusaybin.the most likely context is AD 350 when nisibis then a roman city was besieged.
Written 22 July 2019
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Happy wanderer
Switzerland112 contributions
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This is a very beautiful place and it is really worth the visit.

Make sure to wait until the English-speaking guide is present otherwise you will have it all in Turkish.

The whole visit was a tiny bit rushed because it is a working Monastery so they do have things to do.

Also, we offered to pay the guide and he did not accept because he said he was doing it as part of his mission, that felt nice.
Written 27 April 2014
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Jeff D
Austin, TX8 contributions
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Apr 2014 • Couples
Very beautiful and interesting monastery well worth visiting. Only 20 Km from Midyat and an easy drive. I had read the reviews and was very excited. We arrived on a Thursday at 14:30 just in time to connect with a group of people and the tour guide when the tour just started.

The disappointment was in that it was a short tour and that we didn't speak Turkish. The tour guide appeared to be very good. However, we understood nothing. After the tour, we were invited to leave. (after all it is a working monastery)

Don't let this be a discouragement but rather be prepared/aware should you not speak fluent Turkish. (as always, very glad I had the opportunity to see this very nice place)
Written 3 April 2014
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enigma2007
Istanbul, Türkiye57,081 contributions
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Sept 2013 • Solo
Mor Gabriel Monastery is by far the best of all places I visited during this trip. A monastery that was built in AD 397 is still standing (with some restorations of course) almost intact. It is older than the St.Sophia in Istanbul. This magnificent spiritual temple has to be seen to be appreciated. A very good guide, Kuriyakos, explained everything very well related to the monastery. We even got a chance to visit the dining halls of priests, monks or religious leaders. The kitchen areas and the two churches inside the monastery are very beautiful, simple but elegant. I do hope that this monastery remains another thousand years this way. Services are conducted in Aramaic.
Written 27 September 2013
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872JulieT
Minneapolis23 contributions
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Sept 2012 • Friends
I am not a religious person, but there is a beautiful spirituality to this place. The setting is serene and beautiful, the buildings, chapel and grounds meticulously maintained as this is a working monastery. Services are still conducted in Aramaic. A bonus was that we got to meet the Metropolitan, who was quite a character. As we were seated in the chapel a faun walked in and paraded through the seats as we watched.

The history is fascinating although the present is rather sad. The existence of this place is under threat by claims on the land, which I will not get into here. For details, see an article in The Economist, November 3, 2012, titled "An Outpost of Aramaic Speakers."
Written 19 July 2013
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Erhan Yildirim
Türkiye2,383 contributions
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Feb 2022
Pearl of tur abdin.. kartmin monastery (mor gabriel)

Located in the southeastern Anatolian region of Turkey, approximately 25 km southeast of the Midyat district of Mardin, this monastery is accessible by private vehicles. The entrance fee is 15 Turkish liras.. I would like to tell you a little about its history and architecture..
17 centuries old monastery built by the Syriac, one of the ancient peoples of Mesopotamia and the fertile crescent lands... the mor gabriel monastery, whose unique architecture, decorations, history and legends are the pearl of the Mesopotamian lands…
Today, the monastery, located in the southeastern Anatolian(mesopotamia) region of Turkey, within the borders of Mardin Midyat, is located in the center of an important region with its churches and monasteries called Tur Abdin and its history.
The Mor Gabriel Monastery, which continues its active monastic activities today, has been called by different names since the date it was built.
These names can be listed chronologically from the earliest period as follows. Mor Shmuel Monastery, Mor Semun Monastery-Kartmin Monastery-Deyrul Umur Monastery and Mor Gabriel Monastery…
Mor Shmuel was the first founder of the monastery, the monastery is first named after him.
Since Mor Semun is the second founder of the monastery, the monastery is named after him. Also, because he was born in the village right next to the monastery, another name of the monastery is called together with the village..kartmin monastery.(kartmin village)…
The tomb of the two founders of the monastery is in the house of saints today…

the name deyrulumur is very interesting. (dayro dumro)..when the region of tur Abdin was decimated by Muslims from the time of caliph Umar, there were some correspondence between caliph Umar and mor Gabriel.it is known that Caliph Umar sent edicts for the protection of the Christian community and houses of worship in the region..it is said that the name umur or umro comes from the caliph Umar.(deyrulumur monastery)..

The name Mor Gabriel monastery is the name used from the 7th century to the present day.mor gabriel When the region was conquered by Muslims in the 7th century, mor gabriel established very good relations with Muslim commanders and rulers.he received from them an edict on the protection of Christian people and places of worship.significant miracles have taken place that have made the mor gabriel famous in all of Christianity and the tur Abdin region.
the great plague epidemic that occurred in 774 caused the death of many priests and people in the tur Abdin region.gabriel's tomb is opened and his right hand is cut off, and that hand is then sent to other monasteries with the plague, and the plague ends.

he monastery was founded in 397 by mor smuel and Semun.the monastery is being built and growing in different sections with the support provided by the Roman and Byzantine emperors.the Roman emperors arcadius and Honorius are the first emperors to help.later Theodosius II
he provides assistance to the monastery.the monastery receives the greatest assistance in the time of the Byzantine emperor Anastasius I, who also built the city of Dara ancient city..early 6th century..
nowadays, the monastery, which takes its final form as a 3-storey building, consists of a wide variety of sections.
The mor semun church ,the church of the virgin mary, the great church, the dome of theodora, the house of saints, the tower of seclusion, the tower of the Egyptians, the cisterns …
all the buildings of this monastery have a different history and dates of construction.
the seclusion tower, located on the north side of the monastery, is built on 3 floors and has 3 small rooms.there is a cistern on the basement floor.it is said that an Egyptian princess visited with her soldiers and found herself in seclusion here.the height and position of the tower indicate that the tower was used for surveillance purposes.
Written 3 February 2022
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